On a boat, an anchor is a heavy object attached to a rope. You toss it overboard, it sinks to the bottom, and your vessel doesn't move. Anchor has the sense of what holds something in place.

When you anchor a bookshelf to the wall, you affix it to the wall so it won't come down. The anchor of a relay race is the last person to run. It's their job to hold the team's lead. And on televised news, the anchor is the person who is front and center delivering the current events, the one who draws viewers to the news on that particular station.

Definitions of anchor
  1. noun
    a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
    synonyms: ground tackle
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    grapnel, grapnel anchor
    a light anchor for small boats
    mooring anchor
    an anchor used to hold a mooring buoy or a channel marker in place
    mushroom anchor
    an anchor used for semipermanent moorings; has a bowl-shaped head that will dig in however it falls
    sheet anchor, waist anchor
    spare anchor for use in emergency
    type of:
    claw, hook
    a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
  2. noun
    a central cohesive source of support and stability
    “faith is his anchor
    synonyms: backbone, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay
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    type of:
    something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest
  3. verb
    secure a vessel with an anchor
    “We anchored at Baltimore”
    synonyms: cast anchor, drop anchor
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  4. verb
    fix firmly and stably
    anchor the lamppost in concrete”
    synonyms: ground
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  5. noun
    a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
    synonyms: anchorman, anchorperson
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    type of:
    TV newsman, TV reporter, television newscaster, television reporter
    someone who reports news stories via television
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